1 Gianluigi Buffon Alvaro Morata came back to haunt Real Madrid with a crucial equaliser as Juventus earned a draw at the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League final.Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Juve fell behind when Cristiano Ronaldo struck from the penalty spot halfway through the first half, duly moving back level with Lionel Messi in the Champions League all-time scoring charts.Morata, however, popped up with the decisive contribution against his former employers just before the hour mark, firing in after being awarded far too much space.Gareth Bale spurned several clear-cut opportunities to send the game into extra time but the Old Lady clung on to dump the holders out and end the prospect of a Real-Barcelona final.Iker Casillas was the first goalkeeper called into action, getting down smartly to save Arturo Vidal’s fizzing effort.Real were then handed the opportunity to seize the initiative, with Giorgio Chiellini clumsily fouling James Rodriguez after a quarter of the game to put Ronaldo on the spot.The three-time Ballon d’Or winner, who missed a penalty at the weekend against Valencia, never looked likely to spurn the chance and he emphatically fired the reigning champions ahead on the night and on aggregate.Ronaldo then engineered space for himself but, for once, elected to pass rather than shoot when the former would have been the better option.The Italian champions settled and after the break struck the telling blow, as Casillas failed to keep out Morata’s bouncing effort after the Spaniard was allowed the freedom of the Madrid area.Bale then missed the first of his gilt-edged openings; volleying wide after a flowing move, before Casillas kept the hosts in contention by denying Claudio Marchisio.The Welshman screwed an effort wide and then nearly repeated his goal from last season’s final, but headed over as the Real crowd began to voice their displeasure.The Italians held their nerve to end Real’s hopes of becoming the first side to retain their title, duly securing their first final berth since 2003 and plunging Bale and Carlo Ancelotti into further uncertainty surrounding their Madrid futures.
Two late goals from Dublin made last night’s encounter look lop-sided but Donegal can be fairly satisfied with their display; with fifteen minutes to go we were right in it.Similar to last year’s semi final, it was the departure of one of our star performers that ultimately cost us. Then it was Karl Lacey, and to this day there remains that ‘what if’ for the Donegal faithful as to what would and could have happened had he stayed on. Another knee injury last night, this time to Michael Murphy, and when he left the field our chances of a win seemed to go with him.Prior to that he was once again turning on a master class. Much has been made of the decision to play him in a deep role last August and on the day it didn’t really work. This time around though the country got to see Michael in one of his bravado, tour de force performances. He was catching ball at full forward, winning frees out the field, driving through the Dublin defence – by the time he departed he had notched 0-6 leading to him receiving the man of the match gong from broadcaster Setanta. Its not often that we see a player on the losing side pick up the award so it goes to show how good he was going. He kicked two from play and his place kicking was excellent, indeed it is encouraging to see him kicking most of his frees off the ground; it’s a dying art in the game and a huge asset to any side who possess someone so proficient in the skill.He has now racked up 2-19 in his four matches since returning from injury, although whether or not the fifth game will be against Armagh in two weeks is a serious doubt with his knee not looking in good shape when he was forced off. You could see he was revelling in being on the big stage and almost had to be dragged off the pitch by the Donegal doctor. The big players are born to play on the sacred turf in Drumcondra and with Michael in form like this it shouldn’t be too long until we’re back on Jones Road.With Michael off the field, Paul Durcan’s attempt to mimic Stephen Cluxton’s All Ireland Final heroics didn’t quite work out and he had to endure a long trot back to his goal with the jeers of Dublin fans ringing in his ears. Between the sticks though he had a fine game, stopping three goal chances – the first effort from Eamon Fennell in the first half drew an incredible reflex stop from the big Four Masters man. Indeed he was unfdortuante to see Diarmuid Connolly’s late effort squirm past him after another good stop.While Dublin did manage to post a 2-16 score line, four or five cheap points were conceded by Donegal from turnovers around midfield. After hard work in stopping a Dublin attack or winning a dirty ball in the middle, on numerous occasions this good work was quickly undone and that was particularly frustrating. Also a worry was our distribution. Dublin kept a sweeper back in front of the full forward line and yet time and again we kicked the ball directly to him. We’re normally more shrewd and clever when faced with this and should have been recycling the ball and probing for an opening. Our first three attacks all ended up being kicked straight to a sky blue jersey and this was quickly followed by three balls dropped short into the hands of Cluxton.Patrick McBrearty did catch one lovely ball over his head in the second half and forced a smart stop from Cluxton; that was our second goal chance of the game. We saw last year how crucial Colm McFadden’s missed goal chance proved to be and unfortunately again we failed to take any.Dublin looked impressive on the night, that bit sharper and more clinical as a unit than us. The movement of their forward line was especially eye catching – always available, always running onto the ball at speed and able to take on their man. While Donegal struggled to find their inside men with wayward passing, Dublin made theirs stick.If you just saw the final score from the game you’d think we’d be on the receiving end of quite a beating but the two late goals put an unfair gloss over proceedings; we didn’t deserve to come out on the wrong side by nine points. The game plan that Jim had devised to beat Dublin last August was working in many ways last night. He has talked since about his bigger men playing around the middle and breaking forward at pace.Michael did this and even Christy Toye appeared to be finding a bit of form using his height and strength to good effect in the second half. He wasn’t suffocated by blue jerseys as he was last time out and found a lot more time on the ball. He was about to be taken off at one point but slotted over a score, forcing Jim to quickly abandon the switch for a while. Another good display was that of Leo McLoone. Much has been made of the man absent from the No 7 jersey but we knew all along we had a man good enough to replace him. He’s still not quite back to his best following his injury plagued year in 2011 but after a shaky opening quarter last night Leo showed signs that he’s going in the right direction. He scored a fine point in the first half as did his club mate on the other wing Anthony Thompson. That duo, along with Lacey, drove forward brilliantly and caused real problems for Pat Gilroy’s men. Full back Neil McGee even got in on the act, helping the Donegal revival early in the second period.Jim would have felt last night that it was worth a chance having a go at Dublin, with a home match to come against Armagh on Easter Sunday, Donegal should have their destiny in their own hands – depending on results in Castlebar and Killarney today a win should hopefully be enough to keep us in Division OnE.Once the Orchard meeting is out of the way its full speed ahead to Breffni in late May. The aim will be to get back to Croke Park in August and who knows, the Dubs could be waiting for us again.ANALYSIS: CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: DUBS TAKE THE POINTS was last modified: March 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ANALYSIS: CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: DUBS TAKE THE POINTS
Watch this incredible video above, which shows Donegal girl Jennifer Doherty fly a plane, even though she’s blind!Jennifer shows that just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean you can’t fulfil your dreams. The video is truly inspirational, and in the video clip Jennifer explains why she partook in the daunting challenge of flying a plane.In the video, Jennifer who works in the Donegal Centre for Independent Living, says, “I wants the people of Donegal to help support our organisation, who strive every day to promote inclusion, choice and control amongst disabled people and our community.“But like many disability groups we need to raise funds, but we strongly believe in doing it in a way that promotes a positive image of disabled people, we want to create a positive perception not a charitable one.Former Finn Harps legend Shane Bradley also makes an appearance in the video and he’s on hand to support Jennifer as she undertook her challenge. To watch simply click play on the video above, and enjoy.This will really brighten up your day! 🙂 DDTV: TAKING TO THE SKIES IS ‘PLANE’ EASY FOR BLIND DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BlinddonegalFeaturesJennifer Dohertynewsplanewoman
Sinn Féin’s John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh is the second councillor to be re-elected to Glenties LEA.In 2014, Ó Fearraigh secured his seat on the ninth count with 1,864 votes.Today he was elected after achieving 2,050 votes on the eighth count. His surplus of 175 votes will now be redistributed before the final count for Glenties LEA.There were exuberant scenes in the Highlands Hotel this evening when his election was announced, celebrating with colleagues Brian Carr, Marie Theresa Gallagher, and Pearse Doherty TD.John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh hugs SF colleagues Brian Carr and Marie Therese Gallagher. Photo by Elaine Mc CalligIt is yet to be announced how the final figures will look for Brian Carr and Marie Therese Gallagher.Following the eighth count, here’s what the figures look like:Brian Carr (SF) 1282Marie Theresa Gallagher (SF) 1658Michael Mc Clafferty (Fine Gael) 1721Noreen McGarvey (FF) 1499Anthony Molloy (FF) 1702John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (SF) 2050 Quota: 1,875, Electorate: 23,165, Turnout: 12,851, Spoiled: 147, Valid: 12,704Elections 2019: Ó Fearraigh retains seat was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal county council. local elections 2019John Shéamuis Ó Fearraighle19donegalSinn Fein
Single-celled organisms may be tiny, but what they lack in bulk they make up for in volume and importance. Scientists have been appreciating more than ever the ubiquitous presence of microbes on our planet and the roles they play to sustain the biosphere. PhysOrg reported that half of the world’s life may lie below the land and sea. Scientists at UC Santa Cruz are thinking earth’s “habitable zone” may extend much deeper than previously thought: to depths of hundreds or thousands of meters. Microbes inhabit subsurface aquifers that could contain more water than all the rivers on earth. The search for ET begins at home, they think: “Scientists say research on ‘intraterrestrial life’ complements astronomers’ hunt for ‘extraterrestrial life’ around other stars and planets,” the article said. Of course, all life we know on earth uses the same genetic coding and translation system. But the vast bulk of life on our planet may never see the sun, and some of it does not even need oxygen. “Diving for Microbes,” an article in Caltech’s Engineering and Science magazine (LXXIII:1, 2010) discussed work to understand the microbes on the seafloor that digest methane and support entire ecosystems in the dark. In passing, author Marcus Y. Woo gave some “wow factor” information about microbes in general:Scientists estimate that the planet has 5 x 1030 microorganisms—that’s more than a hundred million times the number of stars in the observable universe. Scoop up all these little critters together, and they’ll weigh several hundred billion metric tons, a mass about a thousand times greater than that of all the people on Earth. The majority of the planet’s microbes are believed to live inside Earth’s crust or just below the seafloor, regions that are scarcely understood and explored, so many more bug-based ecosystems are likely still undiscovered. Often unjustly maligned, microbes are essential for life. “They are an integral part of almost every facet of our planet,” [Victoria] Orphan [Assistant Professor of Geobiology, Caltech] says. No species of archaea are known to cause diseases, and only a small fraction of bacteria do; most are harmless or even helpful. Bacteria help digestion, and, as biologists are finding, they play essential roles in our immune systems and overall health….(For more on microbes aiding digestion, see this recent article on PhysOrg. An article on Science Daily noted that there are more microbe genes in your gut than human genes for your body; so did the BBC News, that said your microbe passengers constitute a “second genome” of yours.) What scientists are finding, therefore, is not only that we depend on microbes, which outnumber our own cells 10 to 1 as we live and move, but that they are essential for the habitability of the entire planet. The methane-eating bacteria on the seafloor, Orphan’s team found, play a huge role in earth’s nitrogen cycle. They are among the only life forms capable of “fixing” nitrogen from atmospheric nitrogen gas and making it available for use by other organisms. “Without these microbes, the planet would run out of biologically available nitrogen in less than a month,” the article said. Realizations like this are stimulating a flourishing field of “geobiology” – the study of relationships between life and the earth. One member of the Caltech team commented, “If all bacteria and archaea just stopped functioning, life on Earth would come to an abrupt halt.” Microbes are key players in earth’s nutrient cycles. Dr. Orphan added, “…every fifth breath you take, thank a microbe.” Since we depend on microbes so much, why not let them become our teachers? Another article on PhysOrg reported about scientists seeking better ways to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, using sunlight. They asked, “WWND? What would nature do?” They don’t have a particular microbe in mind that does this task, but realized that thinking like a microbe might provide a fruitful way to approach the problem. An Oxford scientist commented, “We looked for a way that seems like nature’s way of doing it, which is more efficient.”Update 03/19/2010: Scientists at Michigan State found that microbes are important for promoting biodiversity and cleaning the environment, reported PhysOrg. Because many of them can live for long periods in a dormant state, they can hold out in unfavorable conditions and respond to environmental cues. “Microbes are the most abundant and diverse organisms on earth; they carry out essential ecosystem services,” said one of the scientists. “Among these services are contaminant degradation, carbon sequestration and various processes that affect plant productivity.”Are you really an “individual”? Yes and no; you couldn’t live without your contingent of microbes constantly at your service. We are beginning to see biology as hierarchies of interrelated systems. Who would have thought that our health depends on microbes digesting methane seeping out of the deep ocean? Who would have thought that the air we breathe and the plants we consume owe their existence to hundreds of billions of metric tons of organisms too small to see? Who would have thought that channels deep under the crust and ocean are thriving habitats for life? Earth’s biosphere is a system of systems of systems – each of them showcasing intelligent design at all levels. Unfortunately, some of the articles spoiled their otherwise good content with evolutionary non-sequiturs. They told us that SITI is a first step to SETI – finding intraterrestrial life helps the search for extraterrestrial life. That’s like saying finding a library in a large city will help locate libraries on Mars. They told us that microbes were around billions of years before humans arrived – an unsupported assertion. They told us that since microbes can digest methane on Earth, they might be digesting it on Titan. Such statements serve little more than to restate reigning dogmas. Learn to keep them separate from the observational facts, and you can still enjoy scientific articles.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Tags:#social media 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The economy, taxes, education, health care, immigration, foreign policy, China, Iran, the military. These are the big campaign issues for Tuesday’s presidential election. But what about the world of social media? Do people care about different things? Yes.Turns out the simple act of using social networks impacts people’s views and involvement in the issue, too. The Pew Research Center reports 25% of social media participants who read about political issues online become more active, and 16% change their view after reading about it online. So what are the top issues on social media? According to analysis of more than 1.7 million social media posts by the marketing company Vocus, the top campaign issues discussed online are:1. Taxes2. Education3. Budget4. Health Care5. Economy6. AbortionResults were derived from sentiment-analysis software that tracked the tone of tweets and posts to determine what people are feeling. It’s important to note that foreign policy issues aren’t that important on social networks. According to Vocus’ data, China didn’t even crack the top 20. Vocus claims that while traditional media captures the issues that are most important to the masses, social media takes a more accurate pulse on what people online care about. That might not be wrong. Based on the above data, the important issues skew to more personal topics like money, learning and health. And because of social media’s inherent “Me! Me! Look at me!” nature, this makes sense. Meme Value One way these political ideas are spreading is memes, arguably the most dominant online cultural phenomenon of our time, and the vehicle for countless discussions.Big Bird, binders full of women, bayonets and horses, and now, what some are calling the best photo of Obama ever, the meme is an issue itself. And a way to spread an idea like wildfire. Snarky and quirky, yes, but no one can deny its viral value is an important way potential voters learn about issues online. Just measuring the awareness people have of a meme can inform us about which issues are of greatest value. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
The Gulf Arab states are jostling for a greater share of Indian tourists. The UAE, Oman and Bahrain are strengthening their presence in India through road shows, greater marketing initiatives and easing of entry rules and regulations. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
This jewelry designer is also an architect The KFA did not share the actual letter with journalists.North Korea in recent months has suspended virtually all cooperation with the South amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with the United States, and ignored the South’s calls for discussions on coverage ahead of Tuesday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe game ended in a 0-0 draw. In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can’t see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)SEOUL, South Korea— The South Korean football association has requested that North Korea be punished for blocking rival fans and media from attending a World Cup qualifier between the countries at an empty stadium in Pyongyang.The Seoul-based KFA says its letter to the Asian Football Confederation argues that the North failed to uphold rules requiring host nations to grant visas and entries for traveling supporters and media without discrimination.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA general managers pick Clippers to win title in survey Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’
International Indian cricketer Praveen Kumar joined Samajwadi Party today.Out of field for almost 4 years, the pacer met chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow today afternoon after which Kumar made the announcement.”I am impressed by the developmental works of our young chief minister, specially by his schemes and works related to the youth of the state. In the past four years, he had done a lot for the development of the state and his works will be a life line for the state”, Kumar said.However, Kumar said he will not contest elections as of now. “I am new in the field and for the next 2 -3 years I will learn (politics). However, if the party gives me the responsibility for any kind of publicity work, I will be more than happy”, he added.Kumar wore the Indian jersey for the last time in 2012 when he played against Pakistan in Dhaka.Kumar has taken 27 wickets in 6 test matches and 77 wickets in 68 one day matches.